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by codc10
Mon May 28, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 248
Views: 32885

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

One thing about the AA rollout, it replaced what truly was an inferior angle J product, which persisted in service for several years after launch. It really was a quantum leap forward. For UA, it’s not nearly such a dramatic jump.

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by codc10
Sat May 26, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New United Club @ MSY
Replies: 19
Views: 1497

Re: New United Club @ MSY

CO long had plans for a Presidents Club at MSY, but space for an airside location was an issue.

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by codc10
Sat May 19, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I saw the OS 767 being towed to the north side earlier, was wondering what happened... ouch.

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by codc10
Fri May 18, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Illuminated Tail: how and why?
Replies: 25
Views: 4150

Re: Illuminated Tail: how and why?

Here's a shot of the embedded logo lights on the horizontal stab, visible on one of the few Eastern DC-10s.

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by codc10
Fri May 18, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 767's and transpac
Replies: 19
Views: 2030

Re: UA 767's and transpac

You’re talking about 1 route. How about SFO-HKG, SFO-ICN, SFO-PVG? You’re not gonna see a 767 on those kind routes. Too small of capacity is a big one. SFO-PVG and HKG are too far for a 767 plus the demand calls for a bigger plane. HKG is a 77W. Currently SFO-PVG is served 2x daily on 787-9s by UA,...

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by codc10
Fri May 18, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I am going to ask, even though I believe I know the answer. Is United planning on reconfiguring the other 767s that are currently in 2 class (Diamond J) into full Polaris like the old 3 class birds? When I look at the United progress chart it confuses me as it seems to just list 14 767s to be refit...

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by codc10
Fri May 18, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19125

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

^^^ No need for this to turn into a body-shaming thread. :thumbsdown: Here is the memo article mentions that was shared with me. I actually could not agree more. As a pilot, we are held to far more stringent dress standards than the boys and girls in the back that seemingly too often make up their o...

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by codc10
Fri May 18, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO Resigns
Replies: 41
Views: 9980

Re: UA CFO Resigns

flyguy84 wrote:
Too much cost cutting when in fact he’s the one who got cut. See ya.


Unclear whether it is Kirby or Levy driving the bus on United's latest cut-to-the-bone trend.

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by codc10
Wed May 16, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why operating into South Lake Tahoe (TVL) by Major Air & Commuter Carriers was never profitable?
Replies: 39
Views: 3190

Re: Why operating into South Lake Tahoe (TVL) by Major Air & Commuter Carriers was never profitable?

The extension of 580 around Carson City to 50 makes getting to SLT from RNO pretty easy, barring foul weather (which would be an issue driving any other way, and definitely flying into TVL). In my book, Reno is in 2nd place when it comes to drives from major airports to ski areas (with multiple hill...

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by codc10
Wed May 16, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Thank you! That must have been an enormous amount of work. I truly appreciate it. When you say “reconfigurations” as in XMN, or HKG that could/does indicate Polaris installations? What is the difference between a “mod/modification” and “reconfiguration”? - I’m assuming mods are smaller jobs than a ...

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by codc10
Sun May 13, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 283
Views: 37418

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

I'm trying to understand these east coast changes announced this week http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1393953&hilit=ua+east+coast . I like them, but they don't make sense. I thought I remember hearing something from UA a few months ago about banking EWR to match AA at PHL...

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by codc10
Fri May 11, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 23607

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

The food on any airlines is not only disgusting, but also downright unhealthy. If you fly often enough to care about the food, then you shouldn't eat it. Since your tastebuds are seriously disadvantaged at 35,000 ft they often put enough salt and fat in airline food to exceed your daily allowance i...

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by codc10
Thu May 10, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 283
Views: 37418

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

UA can grow significantly at IAD, IAH and DEN. Most growth will happen at IAH and DEN, at least as currently planned.

United’s has been trying to improve utilization of its narrowbody fleet, which is comparatively lower than AA or DL.

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by codc10
Wed May 09, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United adjust Mexico network - ends service to HUX, MZT, & VSA
Replies: 56
Views: 6696

Re: United adjust Mexico network - ends service to HUX, MZT, & VSA

Liberalization of the USA-MX air market and proliferation of Mexican LCCs, not to mention changing tourism dynamics, making Mexico a tough place for UA to compete.

Surprised to see LAXMEX cut.

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by codc10
Wed May 09, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 23607

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

Just a thought, as nobody has brought it up to my knowledge... Does anyone 5ink that these changes may be linked to the combative catering employees trying to unionize? Surely, that would increase catering costs by quite a lot, resulting in changes like this. United would probably be better off div...

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by codc10
Tue May 08, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

FlightLevel360 wrote:
especially with a sCO-skewed board.


No longer the case, look it up. However, there is a retired Boeing exec still on the BOD who served one year on the CO board before the merger.

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by codc10
Mon May 07, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

So is the new 767 configuration set to replace the PS 757s? That would be a lot of premium capacity for EWR-SFO/LAX but I think the configuration wouldn't be dense enough for any transatlantic purposes either. The high-J 767s are planned for international routes, with crew rest accommodation. If th...

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by codc10
Sun May 06, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I was thinking that sometime in or at the end of 2020 United would want a very consistent product across the entire fleet (especially international over water) after many years of inconsistency. Sure, if the only non-stop is a 752 with the old seats, they might be able to get away with it. But that...

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by codc10
Sat May 05, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA plane supporting in emergency exercise at IAD
Replies: 9
Views: 2810

Re: Heavy United Aircraft Accident At IAD

UA860 (763 GRU) and UA1532 (788 SFO) both show as arrived at the gate...

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by codc10
Thu May 03, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I didn’t see they block any seats on that route. I think a 77E can fly with full pax+bags? Correct... the only route I am aware of that is currently blocking seats on a regular basis is the IAH-SYD roundtrip due to ETOPS restrictions, currently 240 but optimal routing is 330 minutes (approval proce...

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by codc10
Wed May 02, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

How likely is it that UA will launch very ULH flights in the next 5/6 years? Example: EWR/JNB or EWR/SIN? As much as I would love to see that are there not more viable European destinations to add growth than some of the world’s longest routes!? I think they'll probably add some more ULH from EWR a...

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by codc10
Wed May 02, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

EWR-HKG are flown currently by 77E, why does it need 77L? It's a weight restricted flight and cannot operate at full payload. I didn’t see they block any seats on that route. I think a 77E can fly with full pax+bags? Correct... the only route I am aware of that is currently blocking seats on a regu...

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by codc10
Wed May 02, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I have to agree the 77L would have been a great and & interesting addition. Not only for routes such as EWR-DEL/HKG but perhaps IAH-JNB and others. Sadly it seems that ship has sailed EWR-HKG are flown currently by 77E, why does it need 77L? It's a weight restricted flight and cannot operate at...

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by codc10
Wed May 02, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

The 19 77A’s are already all converted to “domestic/leisure” config at 364 seats. As others posted they are being used to fill the void internationally while the 77E fleet is undergoing Polaris mods. I too think there is opportunity for UA to buy some second hand 772 (A/E) equipment. Personally I’m...

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by codc10
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How large could DL grow at JFK?
Replies: 43
Views: 4985

Re: How large could DL grow at JFK?

Not bigger in my book. When it comes to ASMs, DL operation at LGA is really not that big. Summer DL ASMs at LGA are not too far off of DL ASMs at SFO. Beyond some leisure markets in Florida and hub-to-hub routes, DL's operation at LGA is pretty much all RJs. Longer hauls with larger aircraft skew A...

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by codc10
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How large could DL grow at JFK?
Replies: 43
Views: 4985

Re: How large could DL grow at JFK?

DL also has a hub at LGA, and DL's LGA hub is bigger than its SLC, LAX, and SEA hubs and its CVG, BOS, and RDU focus cities. DL has around 275 daily departures out of its LGA hub, and DL's LGA hub is bigger than its JFK hub. However, DL has nonstop service to international destinations and domestic...

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by codc10
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I too think there is opportunity for UA to buy some second hand 772 (A/E) equipment. Personally I’m surprised UA hadnt considered buying some of the second hand 77L frames that have come available over the last few years. UA uses their 77E fleet on some pretty long stage lengths. One would think UA...

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by codc10
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

TPG released some photos of the 777-200's new economy product. Is it just me or does this look wider compared to other 10-abreast products? Personally I feel that the seats look quite nice, and there are quite a few options to maximize comfort in a 10-abreast setting. All last row seats (except for...

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by codc10
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Pacific market becoming UA's Achilles heel, esp in comparison with AA and DL?
Replies: 76
Views: 12921

Re: The Pacific market becoming UA's Achilles heel, esp in comparison with AA and DL?

Guam. Right now GUM is the biggest drag on UA’s Pacific network. On the earnings call, it was acknowledged that if GUM is backed out, the Pacific region results were positive. It’s hoped that the headwinds are temporary, but the company is still restructuring the operation to reduce capacity and co...

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by codc10
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United DC-10 International Routes?
Replies: 34
Views: 4392

Re: United DC-10 International Routes?

AFAIK, only the DC-10-30s ended up in the Pacific network beyond HNL, operating flights like HNL-NRT-SEL/BKK/HKG/TPE. The DC-10-10s mostly stayed in the domestic/mainland network.

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by codc10
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Pacific market becoming UA's Achilles heel, esp in comparison with AA and DL?
Replies: 76
Views: 12921

Re: The Pacific market becoming UA's Achilles heel, esp in comparison with AA and DL?

Guam. Right now GUM is the biggest drag on UA’s Pacific network. On the earnings call, it was acknowledged that if GUM is backed out, the Pacific region results were positive. It’s hoped that the headwinds are temporary, but the company is still restructuring the operation to reduce capacity and cos...

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by codc10
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

HeeseokKoo wrote:
So no bulkhead wall between F and Y were the reason UA could add 2 more rows of Y+ on that side (6-9 more Y+ than previous config with the same total seats). The other side has a lavatory anyway on 739.


Should also allow for a full recline in 5EF, too.

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by codc10
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who will fill LGB 12 open slots in September?
Replies: 145
Views: 14513

Re: Who will fill LGB 12 open slots in September?

I don't see UA going into LGB, but if they do, I would expect DEN since the intra-CA routes have proven to be a bloodbath.

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by codc10
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

not sure why UA's Y product has dropped so much below Y products on DL's A319/320 and B737's. It is just another reason why DL is for a US carrier a premium airline Don't know what you mean by that. On nearly every comparable mission, UA and DL's Y product – hard and soft – is identical or so-simil...

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by codc10
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I, Like VC10er, am excited about the used busses.....Very versatile aircraft, great plane for moving a city pair from RJ to mainline. I’m fairly certain there will be more than 20 coming from U2. A lot more than that will be needed to justify the major expense of supporting the new engine type. Uno...

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by codc10
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

It made me wonder if canceling that huge offer of discounted 737G’s was a good idea or not. It definitely smaller inside but when renovated looked very nice. (Still, I prefer the UA Airbus) - Although very excited to fly the MAX. It wasn't canceled; converted to 737 MAX variants plus 4 737-800s (al...

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by codc10
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 248
Views: 32885

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

It's still a painfully slow project. Today mere 19 frames have Polaris seats, of which only 5 are retrofits. http://view.ceros.com/united/polaris-tracker-desktop-4/p/3 End of 2020 will mean will mean its taken 4 full years to roll it out. (remember the first 77W arrived in Q4 2016) A week ago Oscar...

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by codc10
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

What I don’t understand is what their plans are for the 764s? They are about 17/18 years old and still have life left in them. There are no reports about them getting Polaris yet they can do many premium heavy destinations even with their more limited range. I think ZRH, FRA and GRU etc. Although I...

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by codc10
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Curious why UA is increasing the size of their "inferior" Airbus fleet instead of investing in a better customer experience and newer aircraft in the same class, such as the CS300. The A319/320 seats are ridiculously thin and uncomfortable to the point where you are basically sitting on n...

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by codc10
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

[*]

VC10er wrote:
I saw some images of the special design features and details of the SFO Polaris Lounge- I wonder if they will release and teasers for EWR- only a few more months if they are on time.


More like one month...

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by codc10
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

The 76L is not going to be dedicated to the transcons; it will be primarily international. If it shows up on TCONs, all the better, but the market does not call for such a low-volume, premium-dense configuration anymore. Premium cabin yields aren't what they used to be. What you're saying is comple...

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by codc10
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

That 76L configuration is insane. Never thought I would see another config on the same vein as AA's A321Ts. Looks like the long-term P.S. plane. EWR-LAX/SFO probably has the demand needed. Will be a highly competitive product. The 76L is not going to be dedicated to the transcons; it will be primar...

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by codc10
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

UA444 wrote:
Are they still going forward with the NGS mods on the ps757?


Yes.

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by codc10
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA routes to Asia avoiding Russian airspace?
Replies: 52
Views: 10185

Re: AA routing China fits today thru LAX

All UAL polar flights planned to transit Russian airspace as normal.

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by codc10
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

The 76L configuration is one of the crazier layouts I've seen... seems that one pair of OW exits is deactivated, and I suppose UA expects to get a full business class service for 46 pax out of the forward galley? No wonder the Polaris service changes came about...

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by codc10
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

A few more new upcoming configurations with Polaris and new premium economy product. 763 - 46J22W99Y (talk about an extremely premium aircraft) 772 - 50J24W202Y 773 - 60J24W266Y Suspect the mix goes to 46E+/156Y on the 772 and 62E+/204Y on the 77W, with a great mini-cabin for Premium Plus on the 77...

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by codc10
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Wow, I wonder how much one leg across the pond that one airplane could make should most of the Premium seats be purchased? A friend just asked me the craziest question and the answer is on the tip of my tongue! What was the name United had for their liquid hand soap and hand cream in the 1990’s? I ...

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by codc10
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DPRK-USA summit. Kim aircarft
Replies: 32
Views: 4028

Re: DPRK-USA summit. Kim aircarft

The IL-62 had intercontinental range in a passenger configuration. There's no doubt it could easily reach Europe in a lighter VIP arrangement.

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by codc10
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I for one am thrilled about 30 or 40 A319s. With the new interior they are really nice inside. I much prefer them to any 737...although I cannot wait to fly the MAX. As for international Polaris wide bodies, once the enormous Polaris Lounge opens at EWR this summer (hopefully) it would be smart to ...

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by codc10
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1042
Views: 135189

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Interesting...20% of the plane sold at a premium. The W seats certainly reduced the J seat count, since the 789 has more J seats. You could certainly say the -10 will be used on shorter flights and therefore less premium needed, but I also see future reconfigurations reducing J count. This will not...

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